A panoramic X-ray is an imaging tool that provides a panoramic view of your teeth, sinuses, and jawbone structure. It is a low-radiation scan that produces detailed images of a patient’s jaws, teeth, and other oral structures in a single image. With panoramic X-rays, it is much easier to identify impacted and wisdom teeth in their initial stages of development.
When visual examinations are inconclusive or have not produced the results patients need, a panoramic X-ray offers an additional method to identify problems within the mouth. Because they provide a more comprehensive view of the oral cavity, panoramic X-rays are an excellent option for patients experiencing pain or discomfort whose condition cannot be determined with only a visual examination.
At Town Center Dental, we also use panoramic X-rays for patients requiring more complex procedures like dental implant placement and root canal therapy. Panoramic X-rays help ensure that patients have healthy bone structures and sufficient space for the placement of dental implants. The mouth's soft tissues are analyzed to ensure the implant is placed in an area that promotes proper healing and integration into the jawbone. Overall, panoramic X-rays allow our dentist to create better treatments plan for patients needing complex treatments at our practice.
The Benefits of Panoramic X-Ray
The benefits of panoramic X-rays include the fact that they are non-invasive, meaning they don't cause any discomfort or pain for the patient. They are also an efficient diagnostic tool that allows the dentist to assess the patient’s entire mouth.
Panoramic X-rays help our dentist identify problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts or tumors, infections, and fractures in the jawbone. This type of imaging can also show complications in neighboring structures such as sinuses, nasal areas, the airway, or nerve bundles. Panoramic X-rays are typically taken during an initial exam or regularly scheduled checkups.
Are Panoramic X-Rays Safe?
Yes, panoramic X-rays emit very low radiation doses compared to traditional X-rays. The radiation dose from this type of X-ray is about the same as that from natural sunlight exposure. If you are pregnant, tell our dentist before they take your panoramic X-ray. If you have implants, our dentist may take special care when positioning you for the scan to avoid exposing you to unnecessary radiation.
To learn more about the benefits of panoramic X-rays, visit Town Center Dental at 301 E Cook St, Ste F, Santa Maria, CA 93454, or call (805) 925-2652.